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[Tutorial] How to Rip DVD with HandBrake on Windows/Mac

How to Use HandBrake to Rip DVD to MP4, MKV, iPhone, iPad, Android and Other Devices?

All of us have seen the decline of DVDs. DVD sales are worse with every passing year, while streaming services continue to grow. Additionally, more and more computers remove DVD drive. Inbuilt DVD player is also detached from Windows 10. Despite that, DVD ripping is still in demand. For one thing, many people have a lot of old DVDs to backup to digital copies. For another, some people still prefer physical hard copy of favorite movie to digital content. When it comes to ripping DVD, HandBrake is always the first to recommend. Well, how to rip DVD with HandBrake? The most comprehensive guide with pictures and video is already presented below.

※ Note: HandBrake can't handle copy protection. Even with libdvdcss being installed, HandBrake only decrypts and rips some certain DVDs with CSS. To rip any copy protected DVD freely, you need a more powerful alternative.

The Best Free HandBrake Alternative Can Rip Copy-Protected DVDs

WinX DVD Ripper is the best free HandBrake alternative for DVD ripping on Windows and Mac. In addition to CSS, it can defeat UOPs, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, and more DVD copy protection schemes on its own (which means no need to download libdvdcss and the like to decrypt DVD). Apart from free ripping DVD to MP4, it is available to rip DVD to AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, MP3, iphone, iPad, Apple TV, HTC, Samsung, PSP, etc. [No confusing options. No ads or malware alike. Continuously updated to support the newest DVDs and latest OS.]

How to Rip DVD with HandBrake: Prerequisites

1. Download and install HandBrake.

HandBrake is a cross platform program, available to Mac (Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.15), Windows (Windows 7 to 10) and Ubuntu. As an open-source DVD ripper, it won't cost you a penny. Simply go to HandBrake.fr - the only official place to download HandBrake - to get a copy fit for your computer and install it following wizard. The latest version is 1.3.3.

2. Download libdvdcss.
Download libdvdcss for Windows 10/8/7/XP 32 bit and 64 bit
Download and Install libdvdcss on Mac OS X El Capitan or later

HandBrake can't rip commercially copy-protected DVDs. If you want to use HandBrake to rip encrypted DVDs, you should firstly download libdvdcss - a part of VideoLAN project capable of reading and decrypting DVDs locked by region codes 1-6 and CSS.

How to Rip A DVD with HandBrake: Steps

In this example I show how to rip DVD with HandBrake on Windows 10, but the principle is the same for other operating systems.

Step 1. Load the DVD you want to rip into HandBrake.

Insert target DVD into the DVD drive of your computer. Then, open HandBrake and you will be able to see Source Selection where your DVD should be already detected. Click it to open and HandBrake will begin scanning it. Scanning time varies with content on your disc.

Load DVD to Handbrake
Load DVD to Handbrake

Step 2. Choose the DVD title you want to rip.

Click the Title drop-down menu to choose which DVD title you want to rip. Generally speaking, if it is a movie DVD, movie part should be the one with the longest duration. But this rule doesn't apply to 99-title movie DVDs and HandBrake can't deal with such kind of disc. If it is a TV series DVD, simply select your favorite chapter- each usually being 22 or 44 minutes. HandBrake can only rip a single title at a time. If you want to rip multiple titles off DVD or copy several/all episodes of TV show DVD, you have to process the same work multiple times or create a queue. Learn how to batch rip DVDs using HandBrake

Other adjustable options including Angle, Chapters, Seconds and Frames. Seconds is an option used to define the start time and end time of to-be ripped title.

Handbrake rip DVD
Rip DVD with HandBrake

Step 3. Configure output.

If you know little about picture, filters, video, audio parameters, just keep the default settings untouched and instead focus on Presets only.

HandBrake DVD ripper empowers you to copy DVD to MP4 or convert DVD to MKV. In addition, it offers dozens of output presets, grouped under General, Web, Devices, Matroska, and Legacy. You can choose any one at will, or add personalized preset by clicking Save New Preset.

Choose preset in HandBrake
Choose preset in HandBrake

When choosing a preset, don't choose 720p and 1080p presets for DVDs. The resolution for PAL DVD is 720 x 576 (576p), while the resolution for NTSC DVD is 720 x 480 (480p). Choosing s larger preset won't make the output look better but bigger.

One more thing, "Fast" and "Very Fast" presets will sacrifice some output quality, while "HQ" and "Super HQ" presets will slow the DVD ripping speed and increase output file size.

Step 4. Specify the destination to save your DVD rip file.

Navigate to Save As section and then click Browse to choose the location for storing the resulting file and also define the name of output file. HandBrake allows you to rip DVD to computer hard drive or external storage devices.

Step 5. Ask HandBrake to rip DVD in no time.

If you have nothing to modify, simply click Start Encode button at the top menu bar to start ripping DVD with HandBrake. Then you will see a display bar and can estimate the time remaining to complete.

For CSS encrypted DVDs, install libdvdcss to copy DVD with HandBrake.

Watch video tutorial on how to rip DVD with HandBrake

What if HandBrake won't Rip DVDs

Various problems may occur when we use free HandBrake to rip DVDs. Here, we pick out several common issues. If you fail to rip DVD with HandBrake because of one of the reasons, just head to the solution we provide.

* No valid source or titles found
This error pops up after you attempt to open the source of DVD. This is probably because your source file format isn't supported by HandBrake or copy-protected. See how to fix it >>

Handbrake failed to rip DVD: no valid source or titles found
Handbrake failed to rip DVD: no valid source or titles found

* HandBrake only rip part of DVD
HandBrake is reported to unable to finish the entire DVD ripping. For example, it only outputs one-hour video from a two-hour movie. This issue is probably also due to copy protection. Check details and fixes >>

* HandBrake distorted video when ripping DVD on Windows 10
If HandBrake rips out a distorted video off your DVD, you may need to remove the DVD copy protections in advance, update VLC, etc. See how to perform the solutions >>

Rip Nearly Any DVD with the Best HandBrake DVD Ripper Alternative

Overall, most of HandBrake errors are result from copy protections. And the best way to fix them could be trying a HandBrake alternative like WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, capable of processing various encryption schemes. With over 14-year experience, this software supports nearly any DVD copy protection schemes, like general CSS mechanism, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE and Disney X-project DRM. It can rip Disney DVDs even with 99 confusing titles, workout DVDs, special Japanese DVDs, and others, without hassle.

The alternative to HandBrake have the advantages not only in wide range of supported DVDs, but also in more well-configured output presets, more output file formats, super fast speed, high output quality, intuitive interface and more.


 author -Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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